Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive

311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC


William Lee Parris

September 1, 1950August 9, 2019

William Lee (Sam) Parris passed away peacefully on August 9, 2019. He was born in Gaffney, SC to the late William A. Parris and Frances Mauldeen Wyatt Parris. Sam was a graduate of Limestone College, a Mason, Shriner, and an avid sports fan.

Sam is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Jane; son, Todd Parris (Patty) of Kannapolis, NC; two sisters, Vickie Whited and Karen Moore of Gaffney, SC; brother, Billy Parris (Kim) of Gaffney, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital at http://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give and to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate


  • William A. Parris, Father (deceased)
  • Frances Mauldeen Wyatt Parris, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary Jane, Wife
  • Todd Parris (Patty), Son
  • Vickie Whited, Sister
  • Karen Moore, Sister
  • Billy Parris (Kim), Brother
  • Along with several nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 16, 2019


William Lee Parris

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Amy & Rodney Hollingsworth

August 16, 2019

Mary Jane,
We were so deeply saddened to hear of Sam's passing this week. May you find comfort in the memories of your life and love together. Our deepest sympathies to you, my friend.

Amy & Rodney Hollingsworth
(Ricelan Springs)

Steve Drummond

August 16, 2019

We are saddened to hear of Sam's passing. We had the pleasure of working with Sam for several years back in the old "Crellin" days. We always enjoyed Sam's visits to the plant. He was well liked & respected by all who knew & worked with him.

Our prayers & sympathy go out to his wife, children & entire family.

Steve Drummond
Forest City NC

Wanda Peeler

August 13, 2019

I’m sorry to hear about Sam praying for the family

Spring Williams

August 13, 2019

Sam was one of a kind and a super salesman! Whenever he'd call us at Pittsfield Plastics he always made me laugh. Our running line
to each other on Thursday's when he'd call was, "Hey it's thirsty Thursday!" That saying will forever remind me of Sam! He is missed so much here at Pittsfield Plastics, such a great guy!

Spring Williams
Pittsfield Plastics

Lee Blanton

August 13, 2019

I have such warm memories of Sam, Vickie , & Billy at the big family Parris dinners. Sam was always a special friendly person and I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for each family member.

Eric Wright

August 12, 2019

Sam was a great friend and sales Rep. To Mapes Piano String Co.
I am thankful to Sam for his friendship through the years and was always friendly and easy to talk to. I know he will be missed by all.
Mapes Piano String Co. sends our sympathy and prayers to Sam family. May god comfort and strengthen you through this time of mourning.
Eric Wright
Mapes Piano String Co.

Anita Summitt

August 11, 2019

Sam was a friend, classmate and later my ex brother-in-law . We had a lot of good times while we were in music appreciation class together and then later on when we became family. He was always the life of every party and always treated me nice. I am so sorry for this loss to the family I know he will be missed. God bless you all.